What's New for 2017: Porsche

November 29, 2016

Rather quickly, Porsche has gone from an automaker that offers an almost entirely turbocharged lineup. Although it's not fair to say that every Porsche is now boosted, the ones that mere mortals are most likely to buy now come standard with the whoosh of a turbocharger.

That's because the venerable 911 range goes almost exclusively turbo-only (and not just the 911 Turbo) and for 2017, the company's Cayman and Boxster have adopted 718 nomenclature and are all turbocharged. Oh, and the Panamera sedan lineup has also adopted a turbo-only lineup. It's been a busy year for Porsche.

Then again, Porsche has been preaching the turbo gospel for more than 40 years, so it's not like the performance brand from Stuttgart is just now jumping ship away from turbos. 

The Cayman and Boxster are now referred to as the Porsche 718, with your choice of Cayman (coupe) or Boxster (roadster) bodystyles. Receiving more than just a new name, the models feature turobcharged 4-cylinder engines, plus a host of refinements inside, outside, and underneath.

Porsche's Panamera sedan line, meanwhile, is truly all-new. It rides on a new platform and its styling has been cleaned up considerably. All Panameras, even the hybrid, will initially utilize a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 available in several states of tune.

But Porsche hasn't forgotten about the rest of its lineup. The Macan compact crossover gains a new base model powered by, you guessed it, a 2.0-liter turbo-4. The Cayenne range, meanwhile, gains some big infotainment upgrades, even though an all-new model will arrive sometime next year. 

Porsche Experience Center and Motorsports Headquarters open in Los Angeles

Porsche Experience Center and Motorsports Headquarters open in Los Angeles

Here's a more comprehensive look at what you'll find in a Porsche showroom this year:

Porsche 718

  • Previously called the Porsche Boxster and Cayman (now 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman, grouped together under one banner).
  • Name drawn from a 1950s roadster.
  • Turbo-4 engines replace 6-cylinders.
  • Revised styling inside and out.
  • Heavy mid-cycle refresh.
  • Turbocharged flat-6 engines available from 370 to 580 horsepower.
  • Revised interior and exterior styling.
  • Updated infotainment.
  • Modified suspension.
  • New infotainment system.
  • Available Apple CarPlay.
  • New Platinum Special Edition trim levels.
  • Diesel model dropped.
  • New turbo-4 base model and performance-oriented GTS join range.
  • At $48,550, the base Macan is now the cheapest new Porsche you can buy.


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